Evident Change Welcomes Two New Board Members

Evident Change Welcomes Two New Board Members

June 7, 2024 | Evident Change

New board members: Catherine Essig and Katharine Huffman.

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Essig, JD, and Katharine Huffman, JD, recently joined Evident Change’s Board of Directors. Both new members are based in Washington, DC.

Catherine Essig, JD

Catherine Essig has spent her career as a privacy lawyer, counseling the use of new and emerging technologies and supporting the use of data-driven research to create impactful outcomes. Essig currently serves as Director, Privacy Counsel at Foundation Medicine, a biotechnology company developing and manufacturing genomic profiling assays for use in cancer treatment and research. In this role, she is driven by the company’s dedication to transforming cancer care by bringing deep molecular information to cancer patients, physicians, and researchers.

Previously, Essig was an attorney on the Privacy Legal team at Google, where she focused her counseling on sensitive data types, including children’s and health data. Prior to her role at Google, Essig was an associate in the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Hogan Lovells, where she maintained an active pro bono practice, including serving as guardian ad litem for children in guardianship cases. Essig also served as a law clerk on the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas and completed a fellowship at ZwillGen, an internet and technology law firm.

Essig is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

Katharine Huffman, JD

Katharine Huffman serves as the director of the Square One Project. She is a founding principal at The Raben Group, a national advocacy, strategy, and communications firm based in Washington, DC. For over 14 years, Huffman’s work at Raben has focused primarily on criminal justice reform, civil and human rights advocacy, and evidence-based policymaking. Her portfolio comprises multi-faceted projects that draw on political strategy, legal analysis, strategic communications, and creative outreach to a variety of people, communities, and stakeholders.

Prior to joining Raben, Huffman was the director of state affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she also opened the organization’s first state-based office in New Mexico. She began practicing law at the Southern Center for Human Rights as a Soros Justice Fellow, representing incarcerated people in southeastern prisons.

Huffman received her BA from Emory University, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar, and her JD from Yale Law School. She serves on the boards of the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Justice Policy Institute and the DC Corrections Information Council. Huffman is also the 2017 recipient of the DC Human Rights Commission’s Cornelius “Neil” Alexander Humanitarian Award for contributions to advancing civil rights and commitment to criminal justice reform.